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Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast: Building a Better Teacher

October 22, 2015  • Tricia Johnson, Guest Blogger

The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each episode on the Aspen Ideas website.

Many of us have had great teachers who opened our minds — and maybe even changed our lives. But how can we make every teacher a star teacher?

Elizabeth Green’s New York Times bestseller “Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)” presents teaching as a complex skill — one that requires infrastructure for support and training. She gives examples of the methods America’s best educators are using in the classroom, as well as how Japan’s education system has adopted policies that have changed teachers across the country. 

Green discusses her book with renowned Stanford University mathematics education professor Jo Boaler. Boaler is co-founder of YouCubed, an online resource for educators and families.

Tricia Johnson is editorial director of public programs at the Aspen Institute.